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Callicott, F.C., farmer; P.O. Shellsburg.

Cantonwine, David, far., Sec. 32; P.O. Shellsburg.

Carriher, G.E., far., S. 31; P.O. Shellsburg.

Carriher, Joseph, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 31; P.O. Vinton; born in Lycoming Co., Penn, Jan. 26, 1833; came to this county in 1853; has 185 acres of land, valued at $7,400. Republican in politics. Held the offices of Justice of the Peace, Assessor, Township Trustee, Town Treasurer, etc. Married Cynthia Ann Raelsback, who was born in Indiana Nov. 12, 1834; they have seven children-George E., born Sept. 18, 1859; John C., Aug. 2, 1861; Joseph G., Dec. 29, 1864; Clarence S., June 10, 1866; Herry F., Nov. 10, 1869; William E., Aug. 13, 1870; Nellie May, May 8, 1875. Emigrated from Pennsylvania to Indiana; lived there thirteen years; thence to Ohio; stayed there three years; thence came to Benton Co., where he has lived since; when he came here brought twenty-seven head of horses; sold them to the emigrants; has dealt in horse more or less ever since he came here; has handled as many as 600 head, and never lost one in his life; the second year he was here went to Missouri, and bought steers and brought them to this county and fed; the first ever fed in the county. Mr. C. has a fine farm and a good, comfortable home.

Casefeer, J.M., far., P.O. Shellsburg.

DeWitt, D.H., farmer; P.O. Shellsburg.

Dickenson, J.N., far., Sec. 28; P.O. Shellsburg.

Dine, John C., farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Vinton; born in Decatur Co., Ind., Dec. 19, 1840; lived there until 11 years old, and came with parents by wagon to Iowa; was four weeks on the way; arrived in this county in Sept., 1852; they were among the early settlers. Was in the army; enlisted in Co. A, 28th Iowa V.I.; was in the battles of Port Gibson-shot in the leg; was in the service eighteen months; returned and engaged in farming. Owns a farm of 100 acres. Has held the office of School Director for the past five years, and is President of the Board. Married Miss Louisa M. Wheeler, from Pennsylvania, in Feb. 1865; they have four children-Alice A., Myrtie, Edson and Electa; lost two children in infancy.

Donels, J., far., S. 34; P.O. Shellsburg.

Donels, W.G., far., S. 34; P.O. Shellsburg.

Dorsey, Beal, farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 31; P.O. Vinton; born in Lexington, Ky., April 29, 1823; came to this county in the fall of 1845; has 335 acres of land, valued at $10,000. Republican in politics. Held the offices of Township Trustee, Deputy Sheriff, etc. Married Eliza J. Railsback; she was born in Parke Co., Ind., July 13, 1827; they have nine living children-Mary Ann, George, Samuel, Allie, James F., Lucinda J., Charles, Richard and Malissa E. Emigrated from Kentucky to LaSalle Co., Ill.; lived there one year; thence to Tazewell Co., Ill.; nine years; thence to Carroll Co., Ill.; stayed there one year; from there to Linn Co., Iowa, in May, 1839; thence to Benton Co., where he has resided since. Was at the first election held in Benton Township. When he came here there was not a house in Vinton, and only four families in the neighborhood. Had in his pocket $120, team, one plow, and old dray, two cows and five hogs, which was the extent of his wealth. Mr. D. has by industry and economy made himself and family a good home, and is one of the sound farmers of the township.

Dorsey, J.F., far., S. 31; P.O. Vinton.
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